Student Visa Process for Chile

Upon your provisional acceptance, you should have received information from your Program Coordinator, detailing the visa requirements for the consulate(s) you are eligible to attend. You will need to wait until you are officially accepted to apply for your visa, but you should review this information as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to allow at minimum 8 weeks for visa processing. API is not able to provide refunds for students who are unable to obtain a visa prior to their program start date. We will do our best to advise you when we receive your application if we feel that you do not have sufficient time to obtain the visa.

Requirements vary by consulate and are subject to frequent change. API makes every effort to stay current with the visa information they provide, but consulate requirements can change at any time and without notice. It is ultimately up to you to contact the consulate and confirm that all information is still up-to-date. 

The Chilean visa process can be challenging and time-consuming, so we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible. Remember you will have to go in person to the consulate as part of the visa application process, so please budget for that in your plans! 


  • If you do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. If you do have a passport, check the expiration date to ensure that the expiration date is at least 6 months after the end of your program. You will need to renew your passport immediately if it expires too soon after your program end date. You cannot start the rest of the process until you have a valid passport, so you may need to expedite the application depending on the timing.
  • You will work with a specific consulate in the United States to obtain your visa. The consulate you work with is determined by your permanent address, or your school address in some cases. (See list below)
  • Consulates require that the student appear in person to finish the visa application process. This may require significant travel to the consulate, depending on where you live, so budget accordingly.

Generally speaking, students will follow these steps in order to obtain a student visa:

  • Apply and gain acceptance into an API program.
  • Request your FBI record (instructions provided soon after your initial application).
  • Review API post-acceptance materials to understand the steps required to obtain a visa for your specific destination.
  • Visit the consulate’s website (information provided post-acceptance) and follow their instructions to prepare your application and gather necessary documentation. API will provide guidance regarding the required documents after you have been accepted, and we will supply you with certain required documents. Submit your visa application and supporting documentation to the consulate.
  • Wait for the consulate to contact you with an appointment to pick up your visa. Make travel arrangements to go to the consulate for your appointment.
  • Travel to the consulate for your appointment and pick up your student visa.


Students must apply for a student visa at the consulate whose jurisdiction includes either their permanent or current state of residency.  

Boston – Chilean Honorary Consulate
Street address: 1 Bernardo O’ Higgins Circle Brighton, MA, 02135
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 617-232-0416
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Jurisdiction: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont 

Chicago – Consulate General of Chile
Street address: 875 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1652, Chicago, IL 60611    
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312-654-8780
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 1:00pm
Jurisdiction: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Houston – Consulate General of Chile
Street address: 1300 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX, 77056
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 713-621-5853
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas 

Los Angeles – Consulate General of Chile
Street address: 6100 Wilshire Blvd Suite #1250, Los Angeles, CA, 90048           
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 323-933-3697
Office Hours:  Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30am – 1:30pm (Visa appointments)
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3:00pm (Phone)
Jurisdiction: Arizona, southern California, Colorado, Hawaii, Southern Nevada, Utah 

Miami – Consulate General of Chile
Street address: 800 Brickell Ave, Suite 1200, Miami, FL 33131
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Phone: 305-373-8623
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico 

New York – Consulate General of Chile
Street address: 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 601, New York, NY 10017
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 212-980-3366
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia – Chilean Honorary Consulate
Street address: The Bourse Building, 111 S. Independence Mall East, Suite 785, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 215-829-9520
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am –  1:00pm
Jurisdiction: Delaware, Pennsylvania 

San Francisco – Consulate General of Chile
Street address: 870 Market St. Suite 1058 San Francisco CA 94102
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (415) 982-7662
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Jurisdiction: Alaska, northern California, Idaho, Montana, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming 

Washington, D.C., United StatesConsulate General of Chile
Street address: 1726 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington,DC 20036
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-530-4104
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 1:30pm
Jurisdiction: Maryland, North Carolina, Washington DC, West Virginia, Virginia

Note: Embassy and consulate contact information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to verify information.